Full disclosure: the author is a dear friend from my singing days at Bryn Mawr and this is the first time I've ever read a romance novel. His reactions were wild and desperate while she was pleasuring him. She is a hypocritical, judgmental, homophobic, idiotic woman. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. She wasn't as likeable as I wanted her to be. I would have to find a new restaurant critic with your gift of vitriol.
Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. From start to finished, I devoured and enjoyed every moment of this book. This book had an unexpected secondary romance that I absolutely loved - Miranda's younger brother Jess. She's apparently very good at what she does, and has a reputation as a tough cookie. And as for your idea of writing a short story about Adam Temple, please do so! In fact I would compare it to a Harlequin sort of story but with more steam. Jill Hayden 6:33pm October 6, 2009 I love to read about these types of heros and to get one in the kitchen, would be so awesome! The way the author described the cooking scenes, well, I almost feel like I could poach an egg : It will definitely make you hungry.
The next day, he regrets it. Mary Hundley 11:31am October 5, 2009 Sounds awesome. Like I said, I'll read the next one and hope that no displays of latent or active homophobia make me want to tear main characters' hair out. All of the characters are portrayed in such a revealing light that you will remember them for quite some time. I lost my ability to can.
Adam's not about to have his reputation burned by a critic who doesn't even know the difference between poaching and paring. Surely Miranda can find a way to cut the hotshot chef down to size once she learns what really goes on at his trendy Manhattan restaurant. I was pulled into the story from the get go. I chose to pick this one up anyway because Miranda Wake is a food critic, rather than an investigative journalist the type I generally have the biggest issues with. I disl I liked: - the secondary love story featuring Jess and Frankie. Miranda watched him go with some disappointment; that rose-vodka-berry thing really had been yummy.
But this one had everything in just the right measure. But I went with it. A book publisher is interested and gives her an advance. Because of the mixed reviews of this series I umm'd and aarr'd as whether or not to get it but I am glad that I did. Miranda has a sad past. The woman is a control freak in the worst way.
But when Mandi called out for a reviewer, I thought, why not? I could see places where author tried to be funny, where she tried to make her heroine sassy, smart and strong, and where she tried to make main male character look as hot, dark, tough guy. The language of the book is clunky. I don't know if it's a new trend or if I'm just really bad at picking out new books, but this year of reading has been overflowing with awful heroines. Sadly, Miranda has the moral compass of a hell demon, so she randomly jumps to all sorts of awful conclusions about Adam to justify publishing it. Then I was bothered even more with her action that caused the big misunderstanding and crisis in the story. She was making decisions like the 18 yo that had to take care of her 10 yo little brother and they weren't necessarily the right or mature ones, but that had always been her relationship with him.
Louisa recently moved back to Austin with her husband. Claire distrusted pretty much all the states in the middle and had a hard time believing anything good came from them. The subplot with Miranda's 19 year old brother and one of the cooks at the restaurant was lovely on many levels. Since then, she has been supporting herself and her younger brother Jess. Edwards wasn't coming even close. I just read two but they were memoirs: Julie and Julia loved it and Hungry Woman in Paris not quite as much, but had some redeeming features.
Adam's not about to have his reputation burned by a critic who doesn't even know the difference between poaching and paring. Somehow, Miranda does a very small amount of groveling and everyone, including Adam, Jess, and Frankie, welcome her back with open arms. We also have an Amazon Associates account. I would have loved seeing examples of this. Even the economic meltdown blame books came out after the economy had melted down not while it was happening.
Surely Miranda can find a way to cut the hotshot chef down to size once she learns what really goes on at his trendy Manhattan restaurant. He dares her to spend a day in his kitchen. Adam promised someone he would keep a secret. He'll just have to give the tempting redhead a few private lessons of his own—teaching her what it means to cook with passion. Reviewed by Mary from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club Over a month later, I finally finished this book.